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Turning feathers into food

Thailand’s Sorawut Kittibanthorn is seeking funding to continue his research into how best to convert the nutrient component found in chicken feathers into a powder that can be transformed into a lean, protein-rich source of edible food.

Millions of tonnes of chicken feathers are discarded annually. Kittibanthorn, who studied for a Masters of Material Futures in London, told Reuters that chicken feathers contain protein and that if we are able to serve this protein, then the demand will help reduce waste.

Millions of tonnes of chicken feathers are discarded annually. Photo: Freepik
Millions of tonnes of chicken feathers are discarded annually. Photo: Freepik

 He added that about 2.3 million tonnes of feathers are being dumped in Europe each year, and with generally higher poultry consumption in Asia, feather waste in the region could increase by up to 30%. The idea, however, still needs to go through other research and development phases. However, prototypes including his take on chicken nuggets and a steak substitute have received some positive reviews.